The World Health Organization (WHO) said it has observed a significant increase in attempted cyberattacks since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization said there has been a fivefold increase in attacks targeted at both its own staff and the general public.
The WHO also addressed a recent leak of email addresses online, confirming that 450 active WHO emails and passwords were posted to the web but denying that the leaked credentials put the WHO’s systems at risk. The leak instead impacts an older extranet site used by current and retired staff, as well as partners. The WHO said it will migrate to a more secure authentication system.